Man hit by car still unconscious |

Man hit by car still unconscious

Matt Zalaznick

DENVER – A young man hit by car on Vail’s North Frontage Road last week remained unconscious Friday with severe head injuries in a Denver hospital, and his recovery is uncertain, the man’s father said. Jason Caulfield, 23, an employee in Vail Resorts’ food and beverage division, was walking home to the Timber Ridge Apartments from a movie at the Vail Cascade the evening of Feb. 22 when the car struck him, police said. “He still hasn’t gained consciousness. He’s got pretty severe head trauma,” said Randy Caulfield, who lives in Modesto, Calif., but has been in Denver since his son’s accident. “He was on a respirator for several days, he’s off now … We’re just kind’a hanging in here, hoping that he’ll awake here soon.” Caulfield, who has a brother and a sister in California, moved to Vail with a group of high school friends and was planning to stay in Vail this summer after his second winter working in the valley. Two of those friends have quit their jobs and moved to Denver to be near Caulfield, who is in the intensive care unit at Denver Health Medical Center, Randy Caulfield said. “That’s huge,” Randy Caulfield said. Police said Caulfield and some friends had illegally crossed I-70 between the Cascade and the Timber Ridge apartments. Police have tried to keep people from crossing the freeway by putting up fences, but it hasn’t solved the problem. Jason’s mother, who lives in Redding, Calif., has also been with her son at the hospital. But both she and Randy Caulfield have to return to their jobs in California Sunday, Randy Caulfield said. “To go back, especially without him regaining consciousness, that’s tough,” Randy Caulfield said. “You want be there when he wakes up. It could be a week, it could be two months.” Vail, Colorado

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